Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General, says she was threatened after turning over documents to Senator Ted Cruz that alleged cover-ups of investigations into State Dept. employee use of drugs and prostitutes. Fedenisn claims that senior State Department officials interfered with investigations she was involved in, and then interfered with a report about the interference, causing it to be watered down.
Dallas lawyer Damon Mathias, who represents Fedenisn, said Fedenisn hired him after two diplomatic security agents spoke in a threatening manner to her teenage children at her home in a Virginia suburb of Washington. The agents arrived at the home to talk to Fedenisn about documents Fedenisn had given to Cruz and told the teens that they demanded to speak to their mom immediately, Mathias said.
Royce said he instructed his staff to investigate. At least one other committee is also investigating, according to a senior congressional staffer who was not authorized to speak on the record.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday that the allegations are based on a memo that was written “without the benefit of reviewing any case files, (and) included a number of unsubstantiated accusations.”
“The notion that we would not vigorously pursue criminal misconduct is not only preposterous, it’s inaccurate,” Psaki said.
Fedenisn had turned to Cruz after she learned that an investigative report she helped write before she retired in December lacked many investigative details when it was published in February, Mathias said.
Mathias says Fedenisn’s claim is that agents from State’s Diplomatic Security and other divisions engaged in very questionable and possibly criminal conduct; the Inspector General has been hampered in performing its oversight role; “and the findings they wanted to put in the report end up being left out,” Mathias said. “So you have a coverup of the coverup.”
When Fedenisn and her lawyers met with lawyers for the Office of the Inspector General, the government lawyers demanded she hand over the documents or they would refer the matter to the Department of Justice and Fedenisn would face criminal prosecution, Mathias said.
“They made it clear that they would go after her criminally,” he said.
Fedenisn stuck to her guns, and refused to turn over the documents. Instead she is seeking whistle-blower protection from our our own State Department.
According to CBS News, which obtained copies of the documents Fedenisn provided to Cruz, they include a memo by the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General that cites eight investigations that were “influenced, manipulated, or simply called off” during the tenure of former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Preston found this online bio of Aurelia Fedensin, “a 23-year State Department officer who also served in the US military reserves as an intelligence officer.”
That’s not the typical profile of a crank or someone who just makes things up. The allegations Fedenisn’s IG investigation uncovered include the accusation that Obama bundler turned US ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman sought the services of prostitutes routinely, including underage girls. Gutman denies, and State denies any cover-up, neither of which are dispositive of the charges. State’s new spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, worked on the Obama campaign and has a history of saying things that are provably false. She comes to the job with no prior experience in the foreign service at all.
Here is the original CBS report on the State Dept. corruption.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
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